By American standards, Philadelphia is a venerable old city. It was founded in 1682, when William Penn landed on the west bank of the Delaware River. In honor of that symbolic moment, the Philadelphia waterfront is still called Penn’s Landing — even though the actual landing happened south of the present-day city, in Chester.
Along that historic Delaware River waterfront there are a lot of buildings with a lot of history: favorite haunts of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, nineteenth-century shipping hubs, old markets and houses. Down by the water, there’s a great old building that used to be a shipping warehouse in the early 1800s. It was already operational during the years when Edgar Allan Poe lived in Philadelphia (1837-44). Being a bit of a literature nerd, I love to imagine that maybe he strolled by it now and then!
As freight shipping declined on the river, the building was repurposed several times. It became a hardware store, and later a cafe. Today, it’s a hotel and restaurant with romantic views of the river and the Ben Franklin Bridge: just another one of those hidden treasures that lend Old City Philadelphia its rich historical character.
If you’re looking to host an intimate party in the historical atmosphere of the riverfront, Penn’s View Hotel is a great choice. The hotel boasts a 732 square foot Wine Cellar that can seat up to 35 people. It also maintains the city’s largest wine bar, so the selection is sure not to disappoint! This venue is a true hidden gem of Old City, perfect if you’re looking to host a soiree on the smaller and more elegant side: whether it’s a social gathering, a business meeting, a party marking an important occasion, or even a rehearsal dinner.